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I read these negative reviews and it seems, those reviewer‘s are biased toward the darkness that exists in both the physical and non-physical realms. So many some of the podcast as total fiction… He suffered from mental illness not demonic possession. That’s a shame because, demons are as real as...Read full review »
south philly lilly via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/26/21
This podcast seems to want to be one part true crime one part spooky other-wordly. It suceeds in being neither. I had real questions about this murder and I got no answers or even suggestions, except satan made him do it? I agree with other reviewers who said it was senationalist. It's...Read full review »
friendly woods via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/26/21
A work of poorly researched religious fiction, not at all true crime. I feel for the family and hope they haven’t listened to this adolescent story.
fhgdghhdghhbjkkhfzse via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/26/21
This was not a typical investigative true crime podcast, but I found it fascinating nonetheless. After the first few “just the facts ma’am” episodes that cover the crime, the show gets a littler more creative. There is obviously a lot of supposition and editorializing, and it’s unclear exactly...Read full review »
Ancipitalme via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/26/21
I tried this out because I normally like Wondery shows, but I was a little suspicious when I started to hear a lot of “we have to assume..” or “we don’t actually know, but…” It feels like very little due diligence was done in terms of talking to the people involved, and then the later episodes...Read full review »
Megan__B via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/26/21
“And then he went to church and learned…. Revelations and THE ANTI-CHRIST!!” Wow. Did the narrator get his idea of Catholic life from a bad anime?
theGarnet via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/25/21
This seemed like it would be an interesting subject but the story is so rambling and disjointed I’m giving up. The history of the area and local legends could be interesting to give background to the crime, but after the first episode it seems that it’s almost all wild and repetitive speculation...Read full review »
Wildcat3514 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/25/21
A lot of this podcast is hazy about facts and just builds its argument upon a series of assumptions. It was still fine to listen to until it got to the weird and baseless claims about “Native American” culture. There are thousands of indigenous nations in North America. Weird that the podcast...Read full review »
mimimiimii via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/25/21
Listening to this podcast got me hooked the very first episode. The state of the crime and what happened to this family was horrific and gruesome. Considering that, even though some of the story which related to this crime is based on hearsay and accusations which haven’t been confirmed. I still...Read full review »
Shanka17 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/25/21
What people say is true. This is partly true but mostly fiction. But I listen to podcasts without expectations. I’m just in them for fun, and this was a really fun listen. Especially the parts about Satanic Grimoires and secret Satanic cults that believe in actual Satan and not real Satanists who...Read full review »
Southern Roots via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/25/21
If you like long winded repetitive rambling then maybe you might enjoy this. I certainly didn’t.
bevan2600 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/25/21
I initially really liked this podcast, was sucked in by the narrator to a car that I didn't know much about. I liked how he weaved old tales and a modern car together. But then I got to the last episode. 😬 It's just cringey. It turned a real case, a real tragedy into a cheesy sci-fi...Read full review »
vanaek via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/25/21
If you start listening to this expecting true crime and an actual investigation, then you will be sorely disappointed. Furthermore, if you actually think this is meant to be journalism, the conclusion that Tommy was actually possessed, rather than mentally ill, seems irresponsible. However, if...Read full review »
NapoleonIV via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/25/21
I’ve read other reviews saying the story wasn’t worth finishing. I couldn’t get past a few minutes into the second episode because of the dramatic sound effects. They drowned out the voices and were very distracting.
lily38 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/25/21
Gave up halfway through episode 3. This is just sensationalist trash pretending to be a true crime story about a troubled young man.
cctrop via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/24/21
The narrator has a clear bias against the Catholic Church or possibly religion itself. I’m disappointed in Wondery most of their podcast are great this one clearly either needed rewrite or just to be shelved.
dantmamn via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/24/21
This is described as a true crime podcast. It’s not. This is not a journalistic endeavor. It claims to tell what why this boy murdered his mother. Instead it simply buys into the story that was told at the time of the satanic panic. However, what’s one thing that some alter boys and wrestlers...Read full review »
rebeccakep via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/24/21
Thought this was true crime. It’s not. It’s weird and not what I expected from Wondery.
muuzikgirl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/24/21
Bad
Completely speculative, repetitive, and somehow boring from start to finish. What could have been an interesting dissection of the Satanic Panic and social pressures was instead hobbled by poor writing and next to no research. I re-downloaded Apple Podcasts just to leave a review, because I...Read full review »
Sassy-Pants via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/21
This just got stupid. It started out ok, what I assumed would be a retelling of this crime. It became so drawn out and appeared to be at least 80% fiction by they 4th or 5th episode. Decide what kind of podcast you are offering- mostly the truth with some educated guesses or complete extrapolation.
mrn224 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/21
This was a compelling story. But once you started making up what the kid was thinking (he’s dead for Christ’s sakes!)it lost its true-story appeal. Good, juvenile fiction though.
Elbee1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/21
I love this podcast! It’s got everything-murder, mayhem and satanic panic..and since I’m from Northern NJ it’s totally engrossing! The music and storytelling style really set the stage-and make for a creepy listen..can’t wait for the next episode!
Tot1956 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/21
Ok.
This. Is garbage.
Vanni007 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/21
I really liked the first few episodes but as the show progresses it becomes more and more speculative, to the point of essentially being a fiction. It’s more like a dramatic campfire ghost story based on a real crime rather than a factual account of a tragic murder-suicide committed by a teenage...Read full review »
Emmaskrey via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/23/21
An entire story based on assumptions and what fits for the story. “So it’s safe to assume” is repeated over and over again. First episode made me think this has legs but thoroughly disappointing after that.
chrislayton1978 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/23/21
I’m disappointed in Wondery. This started off interesting and informative, but devolved into a disingenuous and speculative narrative based on someone’s Satanic Fever Dream.
twinMomhasTwins via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/21
first this isnt true. a boy murdered his mother, that much is true, but thats about where the "true" in this "true crime" ends. its all fictional. i had been listening to this mostly as background while crafting so i wasnt really pay very much attention past episode 1 which hooked...Read full review »
brolene413 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/21
A ridiculous podcast that totally drives itself off the rails in episode 5. The narrator is great- but wow…this went from OK to bad to oh no, this is really bad. Last episode 🤯 total fan fiction of a real event. It’s a travesty!
StopBeingGullible via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/21
No
The last episode ruins it
emma.moorhead via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/22/21
I expected there to be a reason for going into all the details about the cult. Then it’s evidence and common sense be dammed, it was the devil.
Bobert383 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/22/21
I was excited when a friend told me about this podcast and was very interested to hear a satanic panic case. The first few episodes were interesting, but they started losing me towards the middle. By the end of episode eight I was yelling at my phone in disbelief. They start this out as a true...Read full review »
Wallflower09 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/22/21
Repetitive storytelling with overly dramatic sound settings. Some parts are obviously speculative. Actual content could be covered in less than an hour.
Dr_Cotton via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 07/22/21
This started off very interesting, and like others here, after a few episodes I was disappointed. The authors version is speculation and conjecture. Telling the story often from Timmy’s perspective, without any basis in reality. There are no current interviews or follow ups with anyone involved...Read full review »
Lil Wainz via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/22/21
Love the narration in this podcast and the story was fascinating. If you prefer a more journalistic approach to true crime this one may not be for you. Lots of colour and liberties taken like presuming people’s dreams, thoughts, hallucinations, and events which they then show no evidence for....Read full review »
thebatsquatch via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/22/21
This is such a sad but interesting story that I was hoping would be summarized throughout the podcast. Unfortunately wondery decided to spin the story to sensationalize demonic possession rather than address the issue of mental illness. This is not a true crime podcast and should be described as...Read full review »
alyssacait via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/22/21
I would not say that any of this is really how it happened, but man it makes for great entertainment. Enjoyed listening to it, and yes the end is a bit disappointing way too kitschy.
1Bine via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/22/21
I dislike how there is no distinctions between what they know as fact and what is complete assumed fiction. The latest episode in particular, is there any basis in fact or is it all just a fictional narrative. Should tell you when fact is becoming fiction
El9012 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/22/21
I’m glad they’re letting non-subscribers (eventually) get the later episodes free. Now at least I can hear the episodes.
Nobody-28 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/22/21
What was described in the show notes as ‘shocking answers’ is pretty much the following: ‘What if we said that Tommy was an actual demon - *checks for demonic mythology in local area* oh the jersey devil - sure, could work’ Completely disrespectful and throws such a weird angle into the mix...Read full review »
hkpx via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/22/21
I was under the impression that the first few episodes were going to be the only episodes, because episode 3 is where the good descriptions of the crime end. After that it’s more of a narrative fiction, which is fine, but isn’t disclosed. It took my until the episode 8 to realize that fact. I...Read full review »
MLGamer331 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/22/21
I think the story is amazing I think it’s cool I just hate that I have to wait so long to hear what’s next.
Chrisred3000 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/22/21
Interesting story but filled with conjecture. If you want TRUE crime, this isn’t it. I also agree that it’s not very sensitive to the victims or their family members which is unfortunate.
LF85 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/22/21
As I listened further and further into this series I kept thinking “this sounds really made up”, “why doesn’t he mention any source documents?”, and “Is he actually taking stories of Satanic Covens and police primers on Satanists and the dangers of D&D from the Satanic Panic seriously?”....Read full review »
Meredith Dillman via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/22/21
Takes a lot of creative liberties. This is my hometown and wish a more reputable person covered this case. I’ve never heard it before! The writing is bad and the narrator is weird. I’m only giving two stars instead of one because at least some things seem true.
Be freckles via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/21/21
I really enjoyed a lot of this podcast but it slowly moved away from true crime and into speculative supernatural fiction, which felt a bit jarring against such a tragic story. Overall a really interesting listen, I learned a lot about an intriguing subject.
DarkLordScorpion via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/21/21
The first few episodes are interesting and filled with eye-witness testimonies and discernible facts. After the details of Tommy’s crime are told, the narrator tells a story that can’t be distinguished between his own embellishments and what actually happened. Towards the end, I started rolling...Read full review »
erica111111111 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/21/21
Sensationalist background details on devil worship and ancient religions detracts from the telling of a horrific murder. Not really a true crime podcast.
Dots2018 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/21/21
The last episode was awful. Terrible. You guys actually took a topic and story that was amazing and ruined it. I’m not mad for wasting my time but I’m mad that you ruined my interest in this story
Cleminole via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/21/21
Ridiculous conjecture and riffing on Satanic themes and Christian ideology based sadly on a real-life tragedy and pitched as true crime. Just skip it.
PepperCurry7 via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 07/21/21
I thought this was going to be a great “satanic panic” story, but instead they leaned hard into the garbage fake ghost story nonsense.
snaresux via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/21/21
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